This is a copy of the letter I sent to Premier Williams that led to the the second signing of the War Bride Proclamation in Corner Brook.
63 Atlantic Ave.
Corner Brook, NL
The Office of the Premier
Member for Humber West
Confederation Building, East Block
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
Dear Premier Williams,
On May 14, 2009 I attended the signing of the:
TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WAR BRIDES
THE GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
The Deputy Speaker, House of Assembly, Tom Osborne, M.H.A, organized this event. This was a worthwhile and much appreciated event.
As a daughter of a war bride and a person who has spent over 3000 hrs over the past three years working on keeping the memory and achievements of these women alive. I believe it would be a generous gesture of the government if it were to have its members throughout Newfoundland & Labrador present copies of the proclamation at a tea for the war brides and their families in various central areas such as Central, Corner Brook, Port Aux Basque, Stephenville and the Northern Peninsula, etc. Making the events closer to where the war brides live.
One only had to attend the ceremony in St. John’s to realize there were no war brides from outside the Avalon area.
Due to advanced age and dependency of help from others, many war brides were unable to make the trip. Some were even unaware that the event was taking place. It would be a sad error if arrangements were not made to include these other war brides, their families and the families of deceased war brides.
Jackie Sheppard Alcock, BFA
Web Master nlwarbdies.ca
Linda Roche, Executive Assistant (Corner Brook Office)